The Big Tipi

Another adventure…

This time to Lost Cabin, Wyoming for a tour of The Big Tipi, aka J.B. Okie’s mansion.  Known as the Sheep King of Central Wyoming, he was an intelligent businessman with big plans.

I’ve driven past this house FOREVER… Well, ever since I’ve been married… and have wondered about it.  I’ve wanted to go inside and see what was left… and today, thanks to a family friend, we had a tour.  All of the original furnishings were sold by the former owners… but the house definitely retains its charm.

Okie Mansion

It is owned by ConocoPhillips but the caretaker and his wife gave us the tour.

fireplaceThere are multiple original fireplaces (imported from France), some original wallpaper and plaster of paris ornamentation… tin ceilings and butler’s pantry…

lightGreat lights (converted to electric, of course), call buttons that ran to colored lights in the servant’s quarters (not the bells of Downton Abbey!), and an intercom system from the second floor to the kitchen (breakfast in bed, anyone?)

porchThe wrap-around porch was glassed in by the second Mrs. Okie… and the view from the cupola was gorgeous since our blue skies have returned!

cupolaI’m anxious to read more about Mr. Okie…

Thanks, P., for getting us this tour!


The Big Tipi — 8 Comments

  1. Very unique house. I wonder if there are any long-term plans for its
    ongoing restoration?

    We have 2 “octagon” houses here in western NY – the design really helps the air circulate! (see: Genesee Country Village and Museum – a fabulous, working 19th century museum filled with structures all from N.Y. state!)

  2. I have always wanted to tour that home. The life of J.B. Okie is fascinating; he was a man of vision and action. Somewhere I have a book chronicling his life and times – now I’m going to search for it.

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